Category: Religious Studies Reference

Santeria: Correcting the Myths and Uncovering the Realities by Mary Ann Clark

By Mary Ann Clark

Santeria, sometimes called Yoruba, Lukumi, or Orisha, was once initially delivered to the Americas from Africa through enslaved peoples destined for the Caribbean and South the US. by way of the past due Nineteen Eighties it was once predicted that greater than 70 million African and American humans participated in, or have been accustomed to, a number of the kinds of Santeria, together with conventional religions in Africa, Vodun in Haiti, Candomble in Brazil, Shango faith in Trinidad, Santeria in Cuba and, after all, versions of all of those within the U.S. at the present time there are practitioners world wide together with Europe and Asia. a result of secretive nature of the faith, it's been tricky to get actual and aim info, yet right here, Clark introduces readers to the faith, explores the fundamental parts, together with the Orisha, and solutions the various questions Santeria arouses in observers and practitioners alike.Santeria used to be dropped at the USA in precept waves, one within the early Sixties after the Cuban Revolution and later by means of the Marielitos who escaped from the island within the Nineteen Eighties. because then it has unfold to the bigger Hispanic neighborhood, to the African American neighborhood, and to different segments of society besides. this day, practitioners are available in each nation, and curiosity in Orisha and comparable traditions has received recognition. because the variety of practitioners has grown so has public understanding. during this compelling creation, Clark solutions such questions as the place did this faith come from? What do practioners think? Is it a cult? What occurs at a ritual occasion? How does it view dying and the afterlife? Is there ritual sacrifice? Clark, a practitioner in addition to a student of the religion, dispels the myths that encompass this non secular perform, and brings readers to a greater realizing of this becoming religion in the USA.

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God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, by John F. Haught

By John F. Haught

In God and the hot Atheism, an international professional on technological know-how and theology supplies transparent, concise, and compelling solutions to the costs opposed to faith specified by contemporary best-selling books via Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), Sam Harris (The finish of Faith), and Christopher Hitchens (God isn't really Great). For a few, those "new atheists" seem to say tremendous good what they suspect to be incorrect with faith. yet, as John Haught indicates, the remedy of faith in those books is riddled with logical inconsistencies, shallow misconceptions, and crude generalizations. Can God rather be pushed aside as an insignificant myth? Is religion relatively the enemy of cause? And does faith quite poison every little thing? God and the hot Atheism bargains a much-needed antidote to the extremist claims of clinical fundamentalism. This provocative and available little e-book will let readers to work out during the rhetorical fog of this contemporary phenomenon and are available to a clearer realizing of the problems at stake during this an important debate.

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Margins of Religion: Between Kierkegaard and Derrida by John Llewelyn

By John Llewelyn

Pursuing Jacques Derrida's reflections at the threat of "religion with no religion," John Llewelyn makes room for a feeling of the non secular that doesn't rely on the religions or conventional notions of God or gods. starting with Derrida's assertion that it was once Kierkegaard to whom he remained such a lot devoted, Llewelyn reads Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, Feuerbach, Heidegger, Sartre, Levinas, Deleuze, Marion, in addition to Kierkegaard and Derrida, in unique and compelling methods. Llewelyn places religiousness in important contact with the struggles of the human situation, discovering non secular area within the margins among the secular and the religions, transcendence and immanence, religion and information, confirmation and melancholy, lucidity and insanity. This provocative and philosophically wealthy account exhibits why and the place the spiritual concerns.

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Violence, Religion, Peacemaking by Douglas Irvin-Erickson

By Douglas Irvin-Erickson

This quantity explores how non secular leaders can give a contribution to cultures of peace world wide. The essays are written by means of prime and rising students and practitioners who've lived, taught, or labored within the components of clash approximately which they write. Connecting the speculation and perform of non secular peacebuilding to light up key demanding situations dealing with interreligious discussion and interreligious peace paintings, the amount is explicitly interreligious, intercultural, and international in viewpoint. The chapters technique faith and peace from the vantage aspect of protection reviews, sociology, ethics, ecology, theology, and philosophy. A foreword through David Smock, the vice chairman of Governance, legislation and Society and Director of the faith and Peacebuilding middle on the usa Institute of Peace, outlines the present nation of the sector.

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Theism and Explanation (Routledge Studies in the Philosophy by Gregory W. Dawes

By Gregory W. Dawes

In this well timed research, Dawes defends the methodological naturalism of the sciences. although religions provide what seem to be causes of varied proof in regards to the international, the scientist, as scientist, won't take such proposed motives heavily. whether no normal clarification have been on hand, she is going to imagine that one exists. is that this in simple terms an indication of atheistic prejudice, as a few critics recommend? Or are there reliable purposes to exclude from technological know-how causes that invoke a supernatural agent? at the one hand, Dawes concedes the naked risk that speak of divine motion may possibly represent a possible rationalization of a few situation, whereas noting that the stipulations less than which this is able to be precise are not going ever to be fulfilled. nonetheless, he argues proposed clarification of this type may price poorly, while measured opposed to our traditional criteria of explanatory advantage.

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St John Damascene: Tradition and Originality in Byzantine by Andrew Louth

By Andrew Louth

John Damascene, a monk close to Jerusalem within the early 700s, by no means set foot within the Byzantine Empire, but he had a good impact on Byzantine theology. This booklet, the 1st to offer an total account of John's lifestyles and paintings, units him within the context of the early synods of the Church that came about within the Palestinian monasteries throughout the first century of Arab rule.

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Managing Monks: Administrators and Administrative Roles in by Jonathan A. Silk

By Jonathan A. Silk

The paradigmatic Buddhist is the monk. it really is popular that preferably Buddhist priests are anticipated to meditate and learn -- to have interaction in spiritual perform. The institutional constitution which makes this focus on religious cultivation attainable is the monastery. yet as a bureaucratic establishment, the monastery calls for directors to prepare and deal with its features, to arrange quiet spots for meditation, to rearrange audiences for sermons, or just to ensure nutrition, rooms, and bedding are supplied. The valuations put on such organizational roles have been, even if, a subject matter of substantial controversy between Indian Buddhist writers, with a few contemplating them considerably much less praiseworthy than meditative focus or educating and examine, whereas others extra hugely preferred their value. handling priests, because the first significant learn of the executive workplaces of Indian Buddhist monasticism and of these who carry them, explores literary resources, inscriptions and different fabrics in Sanskrit, Pali, Tibetan, and chinese language so that it will discover this rigidity and paint an image of the interior workings of the Buddhist monastic establishment in India, highlighting the ambivalent and occasionally contradictory attitudes towards directors printed in numerous resources.

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Idea Of A University: Philosophy (Notre Dame Series in the by John Henry Cardinal Newman, Martin J. Svaglic

By John Henry Cardinal Newman, Martin J. Svaglic

The assumption of a college is an eloquent protection of a liberal schooling that is possibly the main undying of all [Newman's] books and definitely the only such a lot intellectually available to readers of each spiritual religion and of none . . . just one who has learn the assumption of a college in its entirety, in particular the 9 discourses, can desire to appreciate why its recognition is so high." —from the creation through Martin J. Svaglic

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Holy Bishops in Late Antiquity: The Nature of Christian by Claudia Rapp

By Claudia Rapp

Among three hundred and six hundred, Christianity skilled a momentous switch from persecuted cult to nation faith. one of many outcomes of this shift used to be the evolution of the function of the bishop--as the top Church respectable in his city--from version Christian to version citizen. Claudia Rapp's particularly realized, cutting edge, and groundbreaking paintings strains this transition with a twofold objective: to deemphasize the reign of the emperor Constantine, which has generally been considered as a watershed within the improvement of the Church as an establishment, and to carry to the fore the ongoing value of the non secular underpinnings of the bishop's position as civic chief. Rapp rejects Max Weber's different types of "charismatic" as opposed to "institutional" authority that experience ordinarily been used to differentiate the character of episcopal authority from that of the ascetic and holy guy. as an alternative she proposes a version of non secular authority, ascetic authority and pragmatic authority, within which a bishop's seen asceticism is taken as facts of his non secular powers and while presents the justification for his public function. In transparent and sleek prose, Rapp presents a unconditionally clean research of the altering dynamics of social mobility as performed out in episcopal appointments.

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